With UEFA Grassroots Day fast approaching, the Swiss Football Association (SFV-ASF) is well set to mark the occasion in style.
The Credit Suisse Cup – Switzerland's national football tournament for schools – is celebrating its 30th anniversary and will draw to a conclusion on UEFA Grassroots Day itself: Wednesday 25 May. More than 100,000 children have been involved in the qualifying phase of the competition, the finals of which will take place across the country in areas including Zurich, St Gallen and Nidwalden.
There are separate categories for boys and girls, open to youngsters aged between ten and 16, with the preliminary stages being played throughout Switzerland during the build-up to UEFA Grassroots Day – which falls three days before the UEFA Champions League final at Wembley Stadium. "We are celebrating this day for the first time," Luca Balduzzi, grassroots manager for the SFV-ASF, told UEFA.com. "It's a very good idea from UEFA to create such a special day around the same time as the UEFA Champions League final.
"I think children will realise that on this special day everybody in Europe talks about football, plays football and is passionate about football. They will realise that this football day is a day for children, adults, amateurs, professionals – for all."
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